What is Confucius Classroom?

Confucius Classrooms are special programs initiated and supported by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. It is usually established in local primary and secondary schools. The focus of this program is to help k-12 schools start or strengthen their Chinese language and culture programs by providing text books, funds, teaching equipment, and free teachers. Texas Southern University Confucius Institute is an authorized local management organization of the Confucius Classroom program. Interested schools can apply to establish a Confucius Classroom based on willingness and agreement.

As of April 13, 2017, there are 4 Confucius Classrooms hosted by the following schools in the Houston areaS:
1. Ball High School
2. Parker Elementary School
3. Global Learning Village (GLV)
4. Barbra Jordan International School

How to Apply to Establish a Confucius Classroom?

STEP 1: All interested schools should meet the following requirements:
1.Must be a government accredited education entity;
2.School must be located in the same region as the sponsoring Confucius Institute;
3.Willing to start or modify Chinese cultural programs ;
4.Being able to provide necessary teaching facilities, personnel, and funding support required for a Confucius Classroom.

STEP 2: The pre-selected schools will furnish to the Institute the following application materials:
1.An application letter signed by the principle or the superintendent.
2.Application Proposal.

STEP 3:The Confucius Institute at TSU submits the application letter, proposal and supporting documents from the Institute to the Confucius Institute Headquarters for approval.

STEP 4: The Headquarters review the application and decide whether the application is approved or denied.

STEP 5: If the application is approved, the Confucius Institute at TSU signs a cooperation agreement with the school that hosts Confucius Classroom to specify responsibilities, rights and obligations of both parties. A copy of signed agreement shall be provided to the Headquarters for record. Confucius Classroom is officially established.

STEP 6: The Confucius Institute at TSU assists the Confucius Classroom to develop work plans, draft start-up fund application proposal, and apply for teachers/volunteers, teaching materials and other support. The Confucius Classroom starts to run and grow.

Frequently Asked Questions about Confucius Classroom

1.What aid and support can a Confucius Classroom get from the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Confucius Institute at TSU?
An officially established Confucius Classroom can get the following support from the Headquarters and the Institute:
(1)A Start‐up fund of USD$10,000 in cash and up to USD$20,000 Chinese language teaching and learning equipment and materials.
(2)Use of over 1,000 volumes of books, audio‐visual, multimedia materials or courseware for Chinese teaching and learning.
(3)Annual operation/project funding support based on the individual Classroom’s operational situation and projects.
(4)Chinese teachers and volunteer teachers provided by the Headquarters if necessary.
(5)ISD superintendents, school’s principal and other administrators will have the opportunity to be invited to attend sponsored trips to visit China and conduct educational exchanges with schools in China.
(6)Students of the Classroom will have opportunities to attend sponsored summer camps to China in the summer.
(7)The Confucius Institute at TSU will assist the Classroom in management, funding application, project development, budget and financial accountings.

2.What obligations will an individual school have if they establish a Confucius Classroom?
An officially established Confucius Classroom can get the following support from the Headquarters and the Institute:
(1)Start or strengthen the teaching of Chinese in the school.
(2)The school principal or superintendent takes part in the management of the Confucius Classroom to ensure the success of the Classroom.
(3)Provide personnel and facilities for the Classroom.
(4)Provide matching funds for the Classroom if possible.

3.What requirements each school should meet to apply for establishing a Confucius Classroom?
Generally, any government accredited elementary and secondary school can apply for establishing a Confucius Classroom. The Confucius Institute at TSU based on their location, history, size, course levels and many other factors that may affect the Chinese program. The Confucius Institute Headquarters makes their decision on whether the application is approved or not based on the Institute’s report and the application documents from the school.

4.What documents are required from the school to be submitted for the application?
(1)A letter from the principal or the superintendent, addressed to the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Confucius Institute at TSU, expressing the willingness and commitment to establish a Classroom.
(2)Application proposal, which briefly states:
The school’s history, size, courses and levels, local influence of the school, etc.
Demands on Chinese language learning and current situation of Chinese language teaching at the school.
Plan for the prospective Classroom, including Chinese language classes, cultural activities, events, etc.
Other support the school can provide for the Classroom.

5.How long will it take to get approved after submitting the application?
It depends. Normally it takes several weeks as the documents will go through different departments in the Confucius Institute Headquarters before it is signed for approval by the Head of Confucius Institute Headquarters. The Confucius Institute at TSU will keep close track of the application and keep the school informed of the status of the application.

For more information, please consult the Texas Southern University Confucius Institute.
Address: MLK centre 302, 3100 Cleburne Texas Southern University.
Tel:(713)-313-5660; (713)-313-7735
Email:hartp@tsu.edu; xiao.yi@tsu.edu; tsucimlk302@gmail.com